Ag Report: Sept. 9, 2011

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By The Staff

Farm receipts surpassed

$4 billion in 2010

Kentucky farmers have once again exceeded $4 billion in farm cash receipts in 2010 and surpassing total receipts from the previous year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) reported that Kentucky farm cash receipts totaled more than $4.44 billion in 2010, a 2.2 percent increase over the adjusted 2009 total of $4.34 billion and the third-highest total on record.
“Kentucky farmers continued to excel in 2010 despite a late-summer drought and a sluggish national economy,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “This is the sixth time in the past seven years that Kentucky farm cash receipts have crossed the $4 billion mark. That says a lot about the skill, determination, and work ethic of Kentucky’s farmers.”

Sales of livestock and livestock products accounted for nearly $2.6 billion, 6.85 percent higher than the previous year. Cash receipts for crops totaled more than $1.84 billion, a decline of nearly 3.7 percent from the 2009 figure. The record for farm cash receipts in Kentucky is more than $4.7 billion, set in 2008.
Sales of poultry and eggs topped the list for the second consecutive year at more than $953.3 million, an increase of 4.6 percent from the previous year. Horses were next at $700 million (down 10.3 percent), and sales of cattle and calves totaled $615.5 million (up 27 percent). Corn was the leading crop with cash receipts of $603.5 million (up 4.2 percent). Soybeans brought $583 million (up 4.1 percent), followed by tobacco at $331 million (down 13.5 percent), dairy products at $204 million (up 23 percent), and hogs at $107.2 million (up 46.9 percent).
U.S. farm cash receipts totaled $314.4 billion in 2010, an 8.9 percent increase over the 2009 total, according to the ERS.

First case of West Nile reported

Results of diagnostic testing reported earlier this week by the University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirms a diagnosis of West Nile virus affecting a horse in Fleming County. The diagnosis is based on detection of antibodies in blood serum and compatible symptoms.


State’s horses protected against EIA

Kentucky’s health requirements for equine entering the state are sufficient to protect horses from an outbreak of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Arkansas, State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said. Kentucky requires horses to be tested for EIA before  entering the state.
“We do not believe the Arkansas outbreak increases the risk of disease to Kentucky’s equine population at this time,” Dr. Stout said. “The number of horses affected in the Arkansas outbreak is significant, but it appears to be isolated and under control.”
Two horses on a single premises in Arkansas died of an illness that appeared to be EIA in late July, Dr. Stout said. The Arkansas state veterinarian’s office investigated the deaths and determined that 40 horses on the premises tested positive for EIA. The EIA-positive horses were euthanatized and buried. The remaining horses tested negative for EIA and were quarantined.
The Arkansas state veterinarian’s office said there was no sign that the virus had spread beyond the index premises. The affected herd was described as “closed” with infrequent movement off the farm.
Equine infectious anemia, also known as swamp fever, is a potentially fatal viral disease of horses, according to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. No vaccine or treatment exists for the disease. Clinical signs of EIA include fever, weight loss, yellowing of body tissues, anemia, swelling in the limbs, and weakness. Not all equine infected with the EIA virus show signs of illness. The virus usually is transmitted from horse to horse by large biting insects such as horseflies and deerflies.

SURE deadline nearing

Authority for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance (SURE) program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, will draw to a close Sept. 30. “FSA wants to ensure that all eligible producers are aware of the approaching deadline,” FSA State Executive Director John W. McCauley said.

SURE was authorized to provide assistance to producers suffering crop losses because of

disasters that take place on or before Sept. 30, 2011, if an eligible producer on a SURE farm (includes all crop acreage in all counties that a producer planted or intended to plant for harvest for normal commercial sale or farm livestock feeding) has a qualifying loss.

A qualifying loss is defined as a loss of 10 percent or more on at least one crop of economic significance (a crop that contributes at least 5 percent of the expected revenue for a producer's SURE farm) because of disaster on a farm.


Bulletin board

§       The Kentucky Cutting Horse Association will be having its next competition Saturday and Sunday at the Rocky Fork Feeders Arena on Dover Road.

§       The Shelby County Youth Livestock Club will have its annual Market Animal Auction at 6 p.m. Monday at the Shelby County Extension Office on Frankfort Road. The club will auction off steers, lambs, goats and pigs that were raised by members as livestock projects. Proceeds will be used for college savings

§       The Shelby County Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, through Oct. 29. The market is located in the Coots Barn at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Locally produced seasonable vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, flowers, free range eggs, honey, salsa, baked goods, homemade jams and pickles are available. Also featured are handcrafted wood items, soaps and jewelry. For more information, call Doug at 633-7484.

§       Taylorsville Farmers’ Market meets 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays until the end of October at the Sanctuary Art Center on Main Street in Taylorsville. Produce, beef, chicken, seedlings, baked and canned goods will be available. Call 502-477-2217 for details.


The Kentucky Ag Report is compiled weekly from news releases distributed by Keeton Communications and other sources.